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Woman's sanctions for displaying profane Biden signs dropped

Jul. 27, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

ROSELLE PARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey town on Tuesday dropped sanctions against a woman who got into hot water for displaying profane signs attacking President Joe Biden. A municipal court judge in Roselle Park had ordered Patricia Dilascio to remove the signs or face...

Judge tells county to retrieve some COVID-19 relief payments

Jul. 26, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan county was ordered Monday to claw back COVID-19 relief payments from some of its workers after a resident challenged the way the federal money was approved by local officials. It's the latest development in a controversy over how...

Indiana Supreme Court asked to stall governor's powers suit

Jul. 26, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s attorney general asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to stall Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s lawsuit challenging the increased power state legislators gave themselves to intervene during public health emergencies following conservative objections to his...

Tennessee panel picks 3 options to fill judicial vacancy

Jul. 23, 2021 04:05 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee panel has sent Gov. Bill Lee three options to fill a judicial vacancy that covers five counties. A news release says the candidates for the 25th Judicial District circuit court opening are James Walter Freeland Jr., Rachel J. Jackson...

Missouri Supreme Court reverses Medicaid expansion decision

Jul. 22, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to the state's voter-approved Medicaid expansion plan, overturning a lower court's ruling that the constitutional amendment would wrongfully force lawmakers to set aside additional money. The...

Kemp taps former Cobb candidate to Georgia utility regulator

Jul. 21, 2021 13:07 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is naming businessman Fitz Johnson to fill a vacancy on the state Public Service Commission. Kemp on Wednesday announced he would tap Johnson, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for the Cobb County Commission last year, to fill a...

Kemp puts PSC member on bench, opens utility regulator spot

Jul. 20, 2021 22:15 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's five-member regulatory body will have a vacancy after Gov. Brian Kemp named longtime commissioner Chuck Eaton to fill a superior court vacancy in Fulton County. Eaton, who was first elected to the Public Service Commission in 2008, has been...

Georgia governor appoints Bibb County judge to Supreme Court

Jul. 20, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Bibb County judge was appointed Tuesday to the Georgia Supreme Court by Gov. Brian Kemp. Judge Verda M. Colvin has previously been appointed to the Georgia Court of Appeals by Kemp and is the first African American woman to be named to either court by a...

Judge exonerates man who served 20 years in Georgia slayings

Jul. 19, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A judge on Monday dismissed all charges against a man convicted of the 1985 slayings of a couple at a south Georgia church, exonerating him after he spent two decades behind bars, the man's attorneys said. Glynn County Superior Court Judge Stephen...

Secretary of State candidate faced inquiry on acts as judge

Jul. 18, 2021 10:59 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A former probate judge who is running for Georgia secretary of state has resolved an ethics complaint by agreeing not to run for a judgeship for the next seven years. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Republican Torri “T.J.” Hudson, who had...